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Trump rolls out a 'hard-power' spending plan — and now the budget battle begins

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  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Скорпион Founding Member Board Elder Site Mgr Site Supporter ++

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    Trump rolls out a 'hard-power' spending plan — and now the budget battle begins

    John Harwood | @johnjharwood
    36 Mins AgoCNBC.com
    The provocative budget President Donald Trump offered on Thursday presents him with a daunting new challenge: persuading not just reluctant Republicans, but also hostile Democrats.

    His odds of prevailing are bleak.

    The principal initiative of what aides call an "America First" spending plan is boosting defense outlays by $54 billion while cutting the same amount from nondefense programs. To achieve that goal, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says the budget will request, for example, cuts of 28 percent in State Department spending and roughly 25 percent in the Environmental Protection Agency.

    "This is a hard-power budget, it is not a soft-power budget," Mulvaney said at a briefing for reporters. The goal of the spending blueprint is to impose Trump's priorities without increasing the fiscal 2018 deficit and the national debt.

    Where Trump will hit resistance
    The president's problem is that a shift in priorities of that magnitude requires legislation that alters spending caps that congressional Republicans and Democrats agreed to during President Barack Obama's second term. That legislation is subject to filibuster. Amassing the 60 votes needed to overcome that hurdle requires acquiescence by at least eight Senate Democrats — and more if some Republican senators refuse to go along.

    Republican resistance to Trump's request is highly likely. In 2013, after the "sequester" cuts took effect, the Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee called for those caps to be lifted because a spending bill was too austere to attract sufficient Republican support.

    The Senate's third-ranking Republican, John Thune, told me last fall "we've done as much as we can" to cut domestic spending, and that Congress now needs to turn toward curbing the massive entitlement programs of Social Security and Medicare. But Trump has promised not to touch those programs, and Mulvaney said the administration will keep that promise.


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    Inside Trump's 2018 budget blueprint 1 Hour Ago | 02:51

    As a result, the president's budget submission represents a fresh volley in the ongoing political argument on the size and role of government. The proposed EPA cuts, Mulvaney said, reflect the president's views on climate change, which Obama considered a threat to the planet but which Trump has previously labeled a hoax. The cuts in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, he added, reflect the president's belief that many anti-poverty programs have failed to produce results.

    "The idea that you can pull all this money out and have no adverse effects doesn't pass the laugh test." -Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    The administration will propose beginning to wind down federal support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Separate from its 2018 budget, the administration will also request an additional $30 billion for defense spending in fiscal 2017, with $1.5 billion allocated for Trump's planned "great wall" along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Key Republicans such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have already said that deep cuts to the State Department, for example, will be rejected by Congress. Democrats and their outside allies will oppose cuts in social programs such as housing even more fiercely, arguing that those harmed will include many of the "forgotten Americans" Trump vowed in his campaign to protect.

    "The idea that you can pull all this money out and have no adverse effects doesn't pass the laugh test," said Robert Greenstein, who directs the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

    One potential outcome is for congressional Democrats to agree to higher defense spending – which many of them support — but to insist that domestic spending increase at the same time. That's how Congress broke a logjam over the sequester under Obama.

    Obama's successor, already enmeshed in a battle over health care, is just now entering his own budget wars.

    'America First' budget's key takeaways
    • $54 billion boost in defense spending
    • 28% cut to State Department, USAID
    • 31% cut to the Environment Protection Agency
    • Includes $1.5 billion in 2017 and $2.6 billion in 2018 for border wall
    2018 budget blueprint
    Winners

    • Defense up 10%
    • Homeland Security up 7%
    • Veterans Affairs up 6%
    Losers

    • Environment Protection Agency down 31%
    • State Department down 28%
    • Labor Department down 21%
    • Agriculture Department down 21%
    • Commerce Department down 16%

    John Harwood CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent


    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/15/trump-budget-out-now-congressional-battle-begins.html
     
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  2. Aurumag

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    Wasn't the world supposed to end at the stroke of midnight?

    Looks like business as usual to me.
     
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    Uglytruth Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    NO budget for 8 years & NOW it's a problem?
    NO interest rate hikes for 7.5 years & NOW we get three 1/4 % raises in a little over a year when they take 6 months to begin to show any effect?
    NO improvements by asshats in suits for 100 years & we re all broke.
    ANYONE surprised?
     
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    southfork Mother Lode Found Mother Lode

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    Rinos showing themselves, Im doubtful he gets what he wants.
     
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    glockngold Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Ok had to look up this "think tank" From the home page: http://www.cbpp.org/about/mission-history

    Anyway, if Robert Greenstein doesn't like Trumps budget, it sounds good to me.
    We need less professional beggars who make a living doling out other people's money & keeping a nice cut for themselves.
     
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    This will make the assholes who have been calling themselves conservatives for the past 2 decades stand out like lying sore thumbs.
    Here it is muchachos, everything YOU have been telling US you stand for.
    Fish or cut bait, bitches....... [​IMG]

    President Trump Delivers His Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Outline – (Full pdf included)…
    Posted on March 16, 2017 by sundance

    AMERICA FIRST
    Beginning a New Chapter of American Greatness
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    A MESSAGE TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: The American people elected me to fight for their priorities in Washington, D.C. and deliver on my promise to protect our Nation.

    I fully intend to keep that promise.

    One of the most important ways the Federal Government sets priorities is through the Budget of the United States. Accordingly, I submit to the Congress this Budget Blueprint to reprioritize Federal spending so that it advances the safety and security of the American people.

    Our aim is to meet the simple, but crucial demand of our citizens—a Government that puts the needs of its own people first.

    When we do that, we will set free the dreams of every American, and we will begin a new chapter of American greatness. A budget that puts America first must make the safety of our people its number one priority— because without safety, there can be no prosperity.

    That is why I have instructed my Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney, to craft a budget that emphasizes national security and public safety. That work is reflected in this Budget Blueprint.

    To keep Americans safe, we have made tough choices that have been put off for too long. But we have also made necessary investments that are long overdue. My Budget Blueprint for 2018:

    • provides for one of the largest increases in defense spending without increasing the debt;

    • significantly increases the budget for immigration enforcement at the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security;

    • includes additional resources for a wall on the southern border with Mexico, immigration judges, expanded detention capacity, U.S. Attorneys, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Border Patrol;

    • increases funding to address violent crime and reduces opioid abuse; and

    • puts America first by keeping more of America’s hard-earned tax dollars here at home. The core of my first Budget Blueprint is the rebuilding of our Nation’s military without adding to our Federal deficit.

    There is a $54 billion increase in defense spending in 2018 that is offset by targeted reductions elsewhere. This defense funding is vital to rebuilding and preparing our Armed Forces for the future.

    We must ensure that our courageous servicemen and women have the tools they need to deter war, and when called upon to fight, do only one thing: Win. In these dangerous times, this public safety and national security Budget Blueprint is a message to the world—a message of American strength, security, and resolve.

    This Budget Blueprint follows through on my promise to focus on keeping Americans safe, keeping terrorists out of our country, and putting violent offenders behind bars.

    The defense and public safety spending increases in this Budget Blueprint are offset and paid for by finding greater savings and efficiencies across the Federal Government. Our Budget Blueprint insists on $54 billion in reductions to non-Defense programs.

    We are going to do more with less, and make the Government lean and accountable to the people. This includes deep cuts to foreign aid. It is time to prioritize the security and well-being of Americans, and to ask the rest of the world to step up and pay its fair share.

    Many other Government agencies and departments will also experience cuts. These cuts are sensible and rational. Every agency and department will be driven to achieve greater efficiency and to eliminate wasteful spending in carrying out their honorable service to the American people.

    I look forward to engaging the Congress and enacting this America First Budget.

    Donald J. Trump
     
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    Starve the beast(s).
     
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    NPR PBS National Endowment for the Arts I heard all all zeroed out. Gone. I have hoped for this before, but of course the propaganda machine made it politically impossible to do back in the 1990's. I can only hope it happens now.

    Just a week ago on another forum someone posted a story from NPR / PBS that "they only get a tiny fraction of their budget from FedGov".

    Now today I see a headline, children's programming is getting the axe! Big Bird in danger! Trump killing PBS children's programming! Big Bird in danger!
    So the propaganda begins. They get taxpayer dollars to produce children's programming, then they sell millions and millions of dollars of merchandise based on that programming. Yet that is the first thing to be tossed out the window. It literally makes no sense.
     
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    The proof will be in the pudding if he rejects anything but minor changes, and allows the usa to default, no matter how grave the propaganda gets. He has to look at this as a one term president stint and stand firm. Let the rats squirm.

    Default would hurt, but it would also bankrupt the FED, and that's a plus. Time for men to get blisters on their hands instead of Botox. These people at State and EPA spend loss than 20 hours a week in their offices working.

    Knew a electrical contractor who's brother was hired to install motion sensors above each desk on some floors of a building used by the State Dept. The reason was to save on the electric bill. If so one was at their desk the light above went out. He said when he got done that the floor looked like a dungeon because no one was there. The complaints got so bad that they stopped installing the detectors because it showed just how little these folks worked.
     
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    Irons Deep Sixed Site Supporter Mother Lode

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    Very good breakdown and what to expect from the swamp creatures. How the so called conservatives react to a budget that is all they claim to stand for is going to be interesting. Nauseating will probably be more accurate though.

    Perspectives on President Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposal…
    Posted on March 16, 2017 by sundance

    The modern fight for fiscal responsibility has been going on for over two decades. However, after George W. Bush began spending us into oblivion the urgency increased rapidly; culminating in the uprising in 2008/2009 known as the Tea Party.

    The past decade brought us: Bank-Bailouts(TARP,) Auto-Bailouts, Stimulus (ARRA) spending, Omnibus spending, Porkulous bills, Debt Ceiling increases, Continuing Resolutions, the FED buying debt (QE1, QE2), and beyond.

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    Finally, frustratingly, exhaustively… we arrive in 2017 and for the first time in modern presidential history we have a president proposing to curb the size, scope, scale and cost of government.

    The Washington DC UniParty will fight back hard against any curtailment, so here’s some perspective for the upcoming battle:

    • The last federal budget was signed into law in September 2007, for fiscal year 2008, by George W. Bush.
    • It has been over a decade since the Federal Government operated with a budgetary law guiding spending.
    • Because of the two previous points – Over two-thirds of Republican representatives, and over 50% of all reps in the House and Senate, have never held office during a year with a federal budget.
    • Let that sink in.
    Here’s the top-line overview of President Trump’s budget proposal by department:

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    (pdf available here)

    Staying at the 30,000 ft level because that’s the perspective needed, not fighting in the weeds. Consider the Defense budget request that seems to be highlighted in every article about the current Trump budget.

    President Trump is asking for $574 billion for defense. An increase of 10%. Sounds big right? Well, it sounds big until you remind yourself what the former level of defense spending was (link).

    ♦Additional perspective. President Obama (FY 2011) asked for $744 billion in defense spending, which was a drop of $140 billion over FY 2010.

    Yes, you read that correctly. In 2017 President Trump is asking for$574 billion, which is $180 billion less in defense spending than President Obama asked for in 2011.

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    I’m using FY 2011 because the comparisons surround a single senate term. A Democrat Senator in 2011 who supported Obama’s 2011 request to lower defense spending, would, in his/her last year of their term, now be arguing against a Trump request that is $180 billion less than Obama. That’s perspective.

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    ♦ The Department of Defense
    INCREASE: $52.3 billion, 10 percent
    The $574 billion defense proposal should go over well with hawks such as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who notably advocated for a $640 billion budget. The huge increase restores $52 billion to the Department of Defense and $2 billion more to other defense programs “in a repeal of defense sequestration.” Cyber security is significantly highlighted as a key area to improve as the U.S. builds a “more lethal joint force.” The budget also funds efforts “to strike ISIS targets, support our partners…disrupt ISIS’ external operations, and cut off its financing.” (Yes, the “ISIL” acronym is now officially replaced by “ISIS.”) The defense windfall also addresses warfighting readiness and shortfalls in munitions, personnel and maintenance.

    ♦ The Department of Veterans Affairs
    INCREASE: $4.4 billion, 5.9 percent
    Representing a key area where then-presidential candidate Trump promised investment, the budget increases discretionary funding for VA health care by $4.6 billion while also investing in IT advancements to improve efficiency. It also provides monetary support for VA programs that serve homeless and at-risk veterans.

    ♦ The Department of Homeland Security
    INCREASE: $2.8 billion, 6.8 percent
    This portion of the budget is almost all about Trump’s “big, beautiful wall” on the Mexican border and other border enforcement priorities. It gives $2.6 billion for “high-priority infrastructure and border security technology” including funding to construct a “physical” border wall. The budget supplies $314 million to recruit, hire and train 500 new Border Patrol Agents and 1,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel and support staff. About $1.5 billion is provided for expanded detention and removal of illegal immigrants, while $15 million is set to go to mandatory nationwide implementation of the E-Verify system. Cuts include $667 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency programs that weren’t authorized by Congress and underperforming Transportation Security Administration programs.

    DECREASES:
    [​IMG]♦ The Department of Health and Human Services
    DECREASE: $15.1 billion, 17.9 percent
    Most of the cuts come from two areas – the National Institute of Health and the Office of Community Services. Eliminating discretionary spending for OCS saves $4.2 billion while NIH spending reduction checks in at $5.8 billion. A major reorganization of NIH, including an elimination of various programs and activities, is also on tap. A Federal Emergency Response Fund is created to quickly respond to health outbreaks, with the Zika virus specifically cited.

    ♦ The Department of State
    DECREASE: $10.9 billion, 28.7 percent
    The budget eliminates the Global Climate Change Initiative and ceases payments to United Nations climate change programs. Funding for the U.N. and affiliated agencies is also reduced overall, as is foreign aid. The State Department’s Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs get cuts, as do multilateral development banks, “including the World Bank.” But the budget isn’t all cuts. Citing the Benghazi Accountability Review Board, money is provided to maintain “robust funding levels for embassy security,” and $3.1 billion is provided for security assistance to Israel. Economic development assistance programs are reoriented “to countries of greatest strategic importance to the U.S.” and resources are provided to fulfill a $1 billion vaccine pledge.

    ♦ The Department of Education
    DECREASE: $9.2 billion, 13.5 percent
    The budget eliminates numerous grants and programs, while safeguarding the Pell Grant program. Federal Work-Study is reduced and also reorganized to better be allocated to those undergraduate students most in need. More than 20 categorical programs “that do not address national needs” are reduced or eliminated.

    ♦ The Department of Housing and Urban Development
    DECREASE: $6.2 billion, 13.2 percent
    HUD’s rental assistance program is reformed and funding is eliminated for lower priority programs and Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing. Cutting the Home Investment Partnerships Program saves $1.1 billion and wiping out the Community Development Block Grant program saves $3 billion.

    ♦ The Department of Agriculture
    DECREASE: $4.7 billion, 20.7 percent
    Numerous loan and grant programs are eliminated, staffing at USDA Service Center Agencies is reduced and funding for USDA statistical capabilities is cut. Rural Business and Cooperative Service discretionary activities are eliminated and major new Federal land acquisitions for the National Forest System get the axe.

    ♦ The Department of Labor
    DECREASE: $2.5 billion, 20.7 percent
    The budget reduces funding for ineffective or duplicative job training grants and focuses Bureau of International Labor Affairs on ensuring that “U.S. trade agreements are fair for American workers.”

    ♦ The Department of Transportation
    DECREASE: $2.4 billion, 12.7 percent
    A proposal to shift air traffic control from the FAA to a non-governmental organization is initiated while federal funding is capped on the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Program. Several grants are eliminated.

    ♦ The Department of Energy
    DECREASE: $1.7 billion, 5.6 percent
    A trio of energy research programs are cut in favor of private sector research. The Weatherization and Assistance Program and the State Energy Program are eliminated in attempts to reduce Federal intervention in State-level issues.

    ♦ The Department of Commerce
    DECREASE: $1.5 billion, 15.7 percent
    The budget consolidates aspects of the Economics and Statistics Administration within other statistics agencies. It eliminates two agencies: the Economic Development Administration and the Minority Business Development Agency. There are also $250 million in cuts to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants.

    ♦ The Department of The Interior
    DECREASE: $1.5 billion, 11.7 percent
    Programs such as discretionary Abandoned Mine Land grants are discontinued because they overlap with existing programs. Funding for major acquisitions of Federal land is reduced. Better budgeting is put in place for wild land fire suppression. About $1 billion is invested in “safe, reliable and efficient management of water resources.”

    ♦ The Department of Justice
    DECREASE: $1.1 billion, 3.8 percent
    Despite the bottom-line getting cut overall, there are plenty of increases at Justice, including in counterterrorism and counterintelligence activities. Funds are also provided to target the “worst of the worst criminal organizations and drug traffickers.” To combat illegal immigration, the budget provides for the hiring of 75 additional immigration judges, 60 additional border enforcement prosecutors, 40 deputy U.S. Marshals and 40 attorneys. Bankruptcy filing fees are increased in an effort to produce an additional $150 million.

    ♦ The Department of Treasury
    DECREASE: $519 million, 4.1 percent
    The budget eliminates grants, shrinks the Federal workforce and “empowers the Treasury Secretary to end taxpayer bailouts.”

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    The American people elected me to fight for their priorities in Washington, D.C. and deliver on my promise to protect our Nation.

    I fully intend to keep that promise.

    ~ President Donald Trump


    The DC swamp will fight back. Unfortunately, just like immigration and border enforcement, we are all about to witness elected “conservatives” (having hidden behind a campaign position of reducing the budget) demanding increases in spending.

    Watch what happens next.

    We are about to see massive numbers of masks dropping, yet again…

    For the first time in three decades we have a President actually doing what every politician has campaigned on: reducing the size, scope and reach of government and reducing spending.


    The approach is fiscally reasonable and entirely doable. If anything, President Trump’s budget proposal doesn’t go far enough. However, just like the claimed Armageddon over the sequestration, do not expect to see any conservative politicians supporting a budget that is in line with their previously espoused public positions.


    https://theconservativetreehouse.co...ves-on-president-trumps-2018-budget-proposal/
     
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    I, for one, would surely have preferred Trump to start with funding the replacement/repair of our INFRASTRUCTURE. Roads & Bridges & widening roads that are always congested...

    Military expenditures do "create jobs", and supposedly "protect our Country" - but most of the appropriations go to pork & sub-contractors... and do not "build" ANYTHING that is USED by the CITIZENS on a daily basis - or contribute to a better life-style in the future.

    That's my "libertarian side" talking...
     
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    This ...............

    Not near enough
     
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    And it begins. RINO maggots are protesting being knocked off the carcass of America.
    Keep a list of these worthless sons of motherless goats. They will need to go.


    Big Government Republicans Rebuke Trump Budget

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    AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

    by NEIL W. MCCABE16 Mar 2017Capitol Hill311


    Kentucky Republican congressman Hal Rogers, who has spent more than three decades on the House Appropriations Committee, including six years as the chairman, rejected President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget as Congress begins consideration of the president’s rearrangement of priorities.

    “While we have a responsibility to reduce our federal deficit, I am disappointed that many of the reductions and eliminations proposed in the President’s skinny budget are draconian, careless and counterproductive,”

    said Rogers, one of the so-called “cardinals,” the nickname for the lawmakers controlling how federal money is spent.

    Rogers said he was concerned about cuts to programs in Kentucky.

    “In particular, the Appalachian Regional Commission has a long-standing history of bipartisan support in Congress because of its proven ability to help reduce poverty rates and extend basic necessities to communities across the Appalachian region,” he said. “Today, nearly everyone in the region has access to clean water and sewer, the workforce is diversifying, educational opportunities are improving, and rural technology is finally advancing to 21st Century standards.

    “We will certainly review this budget proposal, but Congress ultimately has the power of the purse. As the full budget picture emerges in the coming weeks, I am optimistic that we can work with the Administration to responsibly fund the federal government, including those agencies which serve as vital economic lifelines in rural parts of the country that are still working to overcome substantial challenges.

    “As the full budget picture emerges in the coming weeks, I am optimistic that we can work with the Administration to responsibly fund the federal government, including those agencies which serve as vital economic lifelines in rural parts of the country that are still working to overcome substantial challenges.”


    Another top House Republican and the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Mike Conaway, took shots at the president’s cuts to the agriculture programs.

    “At first blush, I am pleased that the administration is working to restore the strength of our nation’s armed forces to make sure that our men and women in uniform have the equipment that they need to defend our country and our interests around the world,” said Conaway, a Texas Republican who also sits on both the Intelligence and Armed Services Committee.

    “On the USDA budget, I am concerned that the cuts, while relatively small in the context of the total federal budget, could hamper some vital work of the department,” he said. “I think it is very important to remember that net farm income is down 50 percent from where it stood just four years ago. America’s farmers and ranchers are struggling, and we need to be extremely careful not to exacerbate these conditions. In fact, we need to do all we can to be there to help our farmers and ranchers. The work they do is critical.

    “I think it is very important to remember that net farm income is down 50 percent from where it stood just four years ago. America’s farmers and ranchers are struggling, and we need to be extremely careful not to exacerbate these conditions. In fact, we need to do all we can to be there to help our farmers and ranchers.”

    Another Republican taking on the president’s budget cuts is Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

    “The Great Lakes are an invaluable resource to Ohio, and The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been a successful public-private partnership that helps protect both our environment and our economy,” Portman said.

    “The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been a critical tool in our efforts to help protect and restore Lake Erie, and when the Obama administration proposed cuts to the program, I helped lead the effort to restore full funding,” he said. “I have long championed this program, and I’m committed to continuing to do everything I can to protect and preserve Lake Erie, including preserving this critical program and its funding.”

    When he announced the president’s budget, Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, explained that his budget request was based on Trump’s own speeches and campaign promises.

    “Knowing what you know about the President, you could imagine what that budget would look like before you even see it, which is that there will be more money on defense – $54 billion,” Mulvaney said.

    “There’s more money for enforcing security at the border. There’s more money for enforcing laws on the books just generally. Then, there’s more money for things like private and public school choice,” he said.

    “Conversely, since the President wanted to do that without adding to the already-projected $488 billion deficit in fiscal year 2018, there were reductions elsewhere to offset dollar for dollar, all of those increases,” he said.

    Taking the opposite tact was Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said he was willing to accept cuts to the State Department and other projects under his jurisdiction as long as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is comfortable with the loss of budget funds.

    “Secretary Tillerson has said he willingly accepts this challenge, and I look forward to sitting down with him soon to discuss this proposal and how he believes he can accomplish his work at these budget levels,” he said.

    “At the end of the day, while the administration proposes a budget, ultimately it is the role of Congress to dispose it and fund government,” he said. I believe we can strike an appropriate balance that recognizes the critical role of diplomacy in keeping our military out of harm’s way and appropriately advancing our nation’s interests while ensuring taxpayer dollars are used in the most efficient and effective manner.

    “I believe we can strike an appropriate balance that recognizes the critical role of diplomacy in keeping our military out of harm’s way and appropriately advancing our nation’s interests while ensuring taxpayer dollars are used in the most efficient and effective manner.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-govern...president-takes-hits-for-their-ryancare-bill/
     
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    If money fixed these problems why are they not already fixed? Anyone ever heard of accountability?

    Radio said 300M a year for the great lakes initiative gets cut to 10M. The guy cried a river of tears, water quality, children, fishing, boating, Asian carp........

    Guy in Detroit public schools said 25 schools getting closed for under performing. Guy begged for 3 more years to turn them around. Radio guy asked why they were under performing for the last 8 years when the rules read they will be closed after failing for 3 years. Stated they should have been closed 5 years ago. What will change in the future?

    The govt gravy train is broke along with your do nothing jobs & pensions....... and your life boat is the private sector you have taxed to death and destroyed! Now you can cry bitches!
     
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  16. Alton

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    Geez! We all know that the Trump budget is NOT real and merely a negotiating position. Because of this I would agree that Trump did NOT go far enough to expose and shake loose the asshats in BOTH parties.

    The military increases are there to test "conservative support and resolve" in the congress. The cuts to the precious left liberal social/environmental agencies are a declaration of what is to come so they will have to dig deep into their collective stupidity to come up with counter offers.

    This is the time for plenty of popcorn and drinks as the dance begins. I can't wait for the sequesters and the shutting down of government "services" as congress gets whipped into line.
     

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